UIC defeats Ohio, 76-67, at San Juan Shootout Friday

Ruvanna Campbell (24 points, 18 rebounds) recorded her fifth straight double-double
Ruvanna Campbell (24 points, 18 rebounds) recorded her fifth straight double-double

Nov. 29, 2013

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GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The UIC women’s basketball team (4-2) won its fourth consecutive game with a 76-67 victory over Ohio (3-2) Friday (Nov. 29) at the San Juan Shootout. Redshirt sophomore Ruvanna Campbell had career highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds for her fifth consecutive double-double.

UIC’s last four-game win streak came from Jan. 14-28, 2012 when the Flames defeated Youngstown State, Butler, Valparaiso and Loyola Chicago. One more win will be UIC’s first five-game win streak since Nov. 22-Dec. 6, 2008.

The Flames shot a season-high 53.1 percent from the field (26-of-49), the first time UIC has been above 50 percent from the floor since Jan. 12, 2013 at Loyola Chicago. UIC also drained 6-of-14 shots from beyond the arc and is hitting 46.9 percent of its three-point attempts over the last three contests (23-of-49).

UIC out-rebounded Ohio (47-33) and improved to 4-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponent. The Flames held the Bobcats to 33.9 percent shooting (20-of-59), their fourth consecutive contest holding the opponent to under 40 percent from the floor.

The Flames held a 13-point advantage at 30-17 with 6:32 remaining in the first half following Terri Bender’s second straight three-pointer. The Bobcats finished the half on a 14-6 run, capped by Mariah Byard’s three-pointer with 1:25 left. UIC hit 5-of-8 three-pointers in the first half and held a 36-31 lead at the break.

Byard made three straight three-pointers to begin the second half and the Bobcats tied the score at 40-40 following her triple with 18:31 remaining in the game. The Flames responded with a 15-7 run to take a 55-47 lead with 10:26 on the clock.

Ohio narrowed the lead to 55-53 on Yamonie Jenkins’ three-pointer with 9:23 left but Campbell proved too much to handle for the Bobcats as she scored 12 of the Flames’ final 21 points. UIC outscored Ohio by seven the rest of the way (21-14) and sealed its fourth straight win.

Campbell had 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half followed by 14 points and 11 rebounds in the second half. She also added four steals, three blocks and two assists against the Bobcats.

Campbell was 10-of-12 from the floor, the first UIC player to make 10 field goals since Katie Hannemann on Feb. 21, 2013. She owns two 20-point efforts this season and has been in double-figures in every game.

Senior Katie Hannemann was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and finished with 14 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds over 35 minutes.

Senior Rachel Story had seven points in each half to finish with 14 points. Story tied her career high with seven rebounds and was 2-of-7 from three-point land.

Senior Emily Kobel made two-three pointers and finished with eight points. She reached 100 career made three-pointers and needs eight more three-pointers to enter the program’s Top 10.

UIC concludes the San Juan Shootout Saturday (Nov. 30) when the Flames play Texas Southern. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CST inside Mario Morales Coliseum.